He was referring to Big Telly's Creative Shops Project, where Big Telly take over a local shop and invite artists, drama students, the public to come and 'play'.
"It's a gentle offering for local people to experience art in a new way," Zoe told me before inviting me to come down at some point to have a play. For many people in Northern Ireland the kind of performance art that goes on there, (installations, scratch nights, poetry readings) is a breath of fresh air. One girl sat in the window and applied tons of mascara, before cutting up an onion, Zoe told me. Raw, pop up Art and performance happening in local communities and by all accounts inspiring local communities.
Zoe certainly inspired me. I went to see her to discuss possible future opportunities for support developing a couple of plays I've written. I came away fired up, having been reminded how exciting and cutting edge performance and theatre can be.
Apart from the Creative Shops Project, Big Telly also offer what Zoe described as Games. This is immersive storytelling where anything can happen. The story unfolds in such a way that the audience are experiencing it - but definitely not in a 'follow me' kind of way. You might get a text from a character, saying - meet me in the alleyway. Or told to go to a shop where they give you a note under the door with an instruction. This type of storytelling is combining elements of play and gaming to create more than a 'show' for people to watch. It's creating an experience for people to become part of. This is exactly the kind of inspiration I want to build on for one of my plays - The Queen Bee.
The story is alive, it's fresh and it's different every time. Echoes of the thinking in performance storytelling sounded in my ears as I listened to what Zoe and Big Telly were all about.
The fact that this is happening here, all over Northern Ireland and that Big Telly are so open and inviting to aspiring artists such as myself, has filled me full of inspiration and hope for the year ahead.
All being well - and baby doesn't make an early entrance - I will be going to see their re-telling of Beowulf, game stylee, around Hallowe'en (no link as yet on their website).
And of course next spring, I am looking forward to seeing The Faerie Thorn - an adaptation of a book of fairy tales by Jane Talbot.
And there is a possibility that a Big Telly shop might open soon in Larne! Which of course would be A-mazing. But we'll just have to wait and see...